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Purpose in Action: How to Promote the Inclusion of Women in Leadership

Purpose in Action: How to Promote the Inclusion of Women in Leadership

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Today, women make up more than half of the national labor force. They earn almost 60 percent of all graduate degrees and 60 percent of master’s degrees.1 At S&P 500 companies, women make up 44 percent the overall workforce.2 But in the top ranks of the corporate world, it’s a different story. Women comprise only 21 percent of the board seats at those same S&P 500 companies, and only 6 percent are CEOs. In the legal field, 45 percent of associates are women but only 22 percent are partners.3 Women of color face even steeper challenges, holding only 4.7 percent of executive- or senior-level positions at S&P 500 companies.4 In 2017, after the departure of Ursula Burns as CEO of Xerox, not a single Fortune 500 company was led by an African American woman.5 These numbers might seem bleak, but when I started my career decades ago, the disparity was even greater. The good news: we are making progress! Nonetheless, we have a long way to go to achieve...

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ADP’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Highlighted by Top 25 Ranking on Forbes “America’s Best Employers for Diversity” List

ADP’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Highlighted by Top 25 Ranking on Forbes “America’s Best Employers for Diversity” List

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Numerous studies have shown that companies with more diverse teams have stronger financial performance. According to McKinsey & Company, companies that exhibit gender and ethnic diversity are respectively 21 percent and 33 percent more likely to outperform those that don’t. Further, innovation requires different thinking. It takes people of different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities to bring new perspectives to the table that fuel new strategies, and solutions to affect change. At ADP®, we know that attracting and retaining diverse talent is critical to our growth and we strive to ensure that our workplace is inclusive and values the contribution of every individual. Today, I’m proud to say that Forbes recognized our commitment to diversity by ranking ADP as one of “America’s Best Employers for Diversity.” In its first-ever ranking of the top 250 employers working to incorporate diversity and inclusion measures, ADP ranked number 21 and stands as the highest-ranked New Jersey-based company. The ranking is based, in part, on survey results from 30,000 U.S. employees who were asked...

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Just Released! ADP Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Just Released! ADP Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

ADP has just released its first official Corporate Social Responsibility Report detailing the many ways our organization and our people fulfill the commitment we’ve made to contribute to our communities. This report has been a collaborative effort across many teams in the company that captures the results of that shared goal. Our purpose is simple: make the world a better place by unlocking the full potential of our people. We are a global company with local expertise and a deep appreciation for our most valuable investment – our people. ADP’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is central to how we leverage this investment and begins with senior leadership and is threaded throughout every part of our business. At the heart of work — people create the ecosystem of ideas that allow businesses to grow even as the global marketplace shifts. People, by definition, are diverse and unique yet need a culture that’s inclusive in order to thrive. Diversity and Inclusion are distinctive although interconnected. Diversity is often measured by...

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BLACK ENTERPRISE Names ADP to “50 Best Companies for Diversity” List and Honors ADP Executive as One of “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America”

BLACK ENTERPRISE Names ADP to “50 Best Companies for Diversity” List and Honors ADP Executive as One of “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America”

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

As chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer at ADP, I’m proud to announce two fantastic honors from BLACK ENTERPRISE® magazine around our diversity efforts. My colleague Debbie Dyson, president of National Account Services and Client Experience at ADP, was recently named one of the magazine’s “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and ADP was just recognized as one of the “50 Best Companies for Diversity“ for the second straight year. In today’s tight labor market, it’s vital that organizations develop a culture and execute policies that promote inclusion of every race, gender and ethnicity within their workforces, senior management ranks, corporate boards, and supplier pools. Companies that aren’t focused on diversity are severely limiting their access to skilled talent. The best talent out there comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. It’s this diverse talent pool that brings diverse perspectives which drives innovation. Companies also need to reflect the markets they serve and understand the diverse consumer base that buys their products and services. If your workforce...

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ADP Signs on to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™

ADP Signs on to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™

Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Having recently seen so many ADP associates join in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and National Coming Out Day, I’m proud to say that ADP has truly made diversity and inclusion a cornerstone of our business and corporate culture. It’s built into our teams, our products and our supply chain – both because it helps us better serve our clients and aligns with our values. That’s why our CEO, Carlos Rodriguez, joined a coalition of 270 CEOs committing themselves and the organizations they lead to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In signing on to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™, ADP committed to continue cultivating a workplace that supports open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion. We committed to implement and expand unconscious bias education. And, we committed to share best known – and unsuccessful – actions with other companies to learn from each other and tackle diversity and inclusion challenges facing workplaces across the country together. We recognize that joining...

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